The National Office of Intellectual Property (MOST) has just granted two new patents for two researches of VNU-HUS. This is the product of the State-level project KHCN-TB/13-18 “Research, evaluate and develop a number of folk remedies of the Northwestern ethnic groups in the treatment of liver and gallbladder diseases” (a research within the framework of the Science and Technology Program for Sustainable Development in the Northwest).
The two patents are: (1) “Mixture containing extracts of Stixis Suavelolens (Roxb.) Pierre and Pandanus Tonkinennis Martelli, medicine and health food used in the treatment of liver and gallbladder diseases containing this mixture” and (2) “Method of extracting Capparilosite A from Stixis Suavelolens (Roxb.) Pierre”. The authors of these two patents are Prof. Dr. Pham Hung Viet and the research team – including staff from VNU-HUS, VNU-UMP, Hanoi University of Pharmacy, and the Institute of Chemistry (VAST).
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Duong Hong Anh, Director of the Center for Research in Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development (VNU-HUS), secretary of the project, said: “With its high level of diversity in both biology and culture, Vietnam has about 5,000 species of medicinal plants with hundreds of thousands of folk remedies to cure diseases. Especially, because of its natural conditions and ethnic diversity, the Northwest region has such folk medicine treasures for screening and research to develop into medicines to cure diseases in general and liver and gallbladder diseases in particular”.
Folk remedies have been used for a long time and have cured many patients, but this is only the starting point. Folk remedies are not accurately quantified and have not been tested scientifically to prove their effects. First of all, the study of folk remedies of the Northwest region for the treatment of liver and gallbladder diseases has the goal of preserving indigenous cultural knowledge and then using science to illuminate and demonstrate that knowledge. Further, the research aims to optimize and improve the effectiveness of folk remedies, develop areas of medicinal herbs, and process them into high-value products to create livelihoods for the community, contributing to economic development and social stability for the Northwest region.
The project has been carried out with the efforts of experienced scientists in related fields, including 04 groups:
- The research group from Hanoi University of Pharmacy led by Assoc.Prof.Dr. Tran Van On: responsible for investigating the botany and folk remedies;
- The chemistry research group from VNU-HUS with the participation of Prof. Dr. Pham Hung Viet, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Phan Minh Giang, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Van Dau, Dr. Do Thi Viet Huong, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Duong Hong Anh:
- The chemistry research group from the Institute of Chemistry (VAST) with the participation of Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Tuyen, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ngo Quoc Anh;
- Research group on pharmacology and preparation with the participation of Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Bui Thanh Tung (VNU-UMP).
“The study of a remedy is much more complicated than the study of a certain plant species. Moreover, it is not easy to gather many researchers in different fields to work on the same general topic. However, with the “dare to accept the challenge, eager to do something new, the research team has done it and with success” – said the project leader Prof. Dr. Pham Hung Viet, Director of the Key Laboratory of Analytical Technology for Environmental Quality and Food Safety Control, Head of the strong VNU-level research group on Analytical and Applied Science.
The two newly granted patents have increased the total number of intellectual property patents from research projects to 03 patents and 01 utility solution. Thus, so far, the project “Research, evaluate and develop a number of folk remedies of the Northwest ethnic groups in treating liver and gallbladder diseases” has been granted 03 patents, 01 utility solution, 09 national scientific articles, and 04 international scientific articles.